Hotel Chocolat Easter Egg

Did everyone have a great Easter? I still have most of my easter eggs left as I’ve been too busy to eat them which, considering I only had 3, is quite an achievement for me! Mind you one of them was one of these > > >
if you’ve never tried Hotel Chocolat then do.

Children have been back at school 4 days and although I’ve been working ever since they returned I haven’t had a chance to add anything to here. I had planned to do so this morning but then I realised that if I didn’t go and do some food shopping none of us were eating this weekend. Which may benefit my waistline (what waistline?) but really wouldn’t be a good idea. It seems that no matter how much older and more grown up my children get they still don’t actually realise the cupboards are empty nor offer to food shop. They notice if we’re running out of chocolate spread or biscuits quickly enough though!

I have managed to finalise the pattern for a bag style that has been confounding me for a while though.  Trying to line a 2 compartment bag with a fixed divider and achieve a perfect finish around the zip top proved to be less straight forward than I had anticipated but I got there!

This bag has been named Script by my budding actor/director daughter (the teenager who believes the world begins and ends at The Nottingham Playhouse) who decided it was the perfect size for carrying her scripts in.  You don’t need to have any scripts to carry though, I don’t and I originally designed it to be the perfect size for carrying magazines without having to roll or fold them for those long hours we parents spend sitting around waiting for our children to finish their various activities.

With a central divider there are 2 internal pockets and a full zip closure at the top. Additional pockets, internal and external, can be added as per your wishes, this one has a full width wrap around external pocket on one side. Strap length can also be made to whatever length you wish or, as with this example, be adjustable. It holds snacks well alongside those magazines I’ve found.

My youngest daughter has taken possession of the very first prototype of this bag as her school book bag, she doesn’t care about the wonky lines and ragged edges inside of that one, apparently it’s the perfect size for school books as well!

Of course if you are an actor or anyone else who has and needs to carry scripts then yes, it is the perfect size for them. Or you could just pretend that’s what you have in it anyway if you want.

This one already has already found it’s new home but I’ll get some more of these Script bags made up and added to stock soon but it is of course available as a custom order already – just get in touch and let’s talk about how you want your Script bag to be. And of course a custom made Script doesn’t even have to be script size, it can be any size you want!

Walking in the woods Feb 2017

Walking in the woods Feb 2017

This morning my youngest came downstairs with a pile of clothes in her hands and announced that as it was a nice day we were going to the woods.  Now normally I’d agree that letting a 9 year old dictate what the family does in this way is not a good parenting tactic but given that a – she’s autistic and hates leaving the house much of the time and b – we actually all love walking in the woods, then I agreed that it was a good idea. It also saved middle child moaning she was bored during another day stuck at home with the awkward little sister while the older sister was out with her friends. She has no excuse to be bored, ever, not for even a moment, she could always go and tidy her bedroom (my favorite suggestion when she dares does say she’s bored of course).

Thor's alternative hammer

They found Thor’s Hammer! Apparently . . .

It was a nice day too, not too cold, quite warm in fact considering it is still February, the sun was out, there was no rain so a perfect day to get outside and enjoy nature in it’s winter clothing. And the colours, I love the colours at this time of year, at first glance it may all look grey and brown but there are so many different shades of brown, grey, green and even a little gold here and there involved!  I find so much inspiration in nature for fabric work – from textile art projects through applique, to colour combinations and more.  So I took the camera and grabbed some photos for my inspiration files.

hill scrambling

if there is a hill, it must be climbed

I spent my pre-teen childhood years in the countryside but it wasn’t a countryside of rolling hills and woodlands as we were out in the fens, it was flat fields for miles with a village plonked on top of a hill here and there. If you know the fens you’ll know what those hills are like, if you don’t then they’re definitely not the hills of Derbyshire that are just a few miles from where we live now.  My kids are growing up in a city but I still want them to learn about the countryside and, most importantly, to always have an appreciation of nature and the world around them.  Luckily, despite living in a city, we don’t need to get in the car to go and find all the wonderful natural woodlands we walked in today – they are right on our doorstep, less than 10 minutes walk away.  There’s another blog post in here I feel, saving that note for another day!

Somehow I have taken over 400 photos today.  And the girls are in less than 20 of them!  Thank heaven for digital photography, back in those childhood days of mine they would have cost a fortune to get processed before I could even see if any of them are any good. Fortunately, or unfortunately for me, most of the 400+ have actually come out lovely which makes it very hard to pick the ones to share. So here’s just a few selected at random and the rest, well I’m sure I can find other reasons to use them in blog posts in future.

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